Residents on edge after electricity cables left exposed

2015-07-09 09:35
DA ward councillor Jay Singh looks at exposed electricity cables left by the municipality in Vedic Crescent in Northdale.

DA ward councillor Jay Singh looks at exposed electricity cables left by the municipality in Vedic Crescent in Northdale. (Ian Carbutt)

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WHAT started as a temporary fix, has now turned into a “permanent nightmare” after the municipality replaced stolen electricity cables but left the area dug up and live cables exposed.

Residents in Vedic Crescent in Darjeeling Heights say they are “tired” of calling the Msunduzi Municipality to sort out their mess.

“The cables have been stolen three times so far. On the last occasion, they replaced the cables at the beginning of June and since then this place has been [left exposed] like this,” said Vedic Crescent resident Dhriti Singh.

The trenches and live, exposed cables are just outside her home’s boundary fence. Singh said she called the municipality on numerous occasions but was always told “the matter will be reported to the technicians”.

“We always call in and all they [the municipality] do is log our complaints but nothing is being done,” said Singh.

DA ward councillor Jay Singh said he visited the area many times to see if the municipality had sorted out the problem and on each occasion he called “managers and supervisors at the city hall” to report the matter.

“This is very dangerous. Children play outside and people walk here. I have reported the issue so many times but I have never received any correspondence,” said councillor Singh, adding there are live cables left open in dug up trenches in Darjeeling Road, less than 100 metres from Vedic Crescent.

Msunduzi Municipality did not respond to questions from The Witness by the time of going to print.

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